Ex-Arm[d] (stylized as EX-ARM) is a Japanese science fiction manga series written by HiRock and illustrated by Shinya Komi. The series is a remake of Komi's earlier manga Ex-Vita. It was serialized in Shueisha's seinen manga magazine Grand Jump from February 2015 to December 2017, and later on Shueisha's Shōnen Jump+ website from December 2017 to June 2019. Shueisha compiled its chapters into fourteen tankōbon volumes.

Ex-Arm
Ex-Arm volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Ex-Arm volume 1 by Shueisha
GenreAction, crime, cyberpunk[1][2]
Manga
Ex-Vita
Written byShinya Komi
Published byShueisha
MagazineMiracle Jump
DemographicSeinen
Original runDecember 13, 2011April 30, 2013
Volumes2
Manga
Written byHiRock
Illustrated byShinya Komi
Published byShueisha
Magazine
  • Grand Jump
  • (February 18, 2015 – December 6, 2017)
  • Shōnen Jump+
  • (December 20, 2017 – June 26, 2019)
DemographicSeinen, shōnen
Original runFebruary 18, 2015June 26, 2019
Volumes14
Novel
EX-ARM the Novel Deus Ex Machina
Written byAtarō Kumo
Published byShueisha
ImprintJump J-Books
DemographicMale
PublishedDecember 19, 2018
Manga
Ex-Arm EXA
Written byHiRock
Illustrated byShinya Komi
Published byShueisha
MagazineGrand Jump Mucha
DemographicSeinen
Original runAugust 28, 2019 – present
Volumes1
Manga
Ex-Arm Another Code
Written byAtarō Kumo
Illustrated byShinya Komi
Published byShueisha
MagazineUltra Jump
DemographicSeinen
Original runFebruary 19, 2020November 19, 2020
Volumes1
Anime television series
Directed byYoshikatsu Kimura
Produced by
  • Hiroshi Tani[a]
  • Yūki Satō
  • Yoshinori Suzuki[b]
  • Hisato Usui
  • Hidenobu Okada[c]
  • Hiroyasu Taniguchi
  • Kento Yoshida
  • Shinji Ōmori
Written byTommy Morton
Music bySō Kimura
StudioVisual Flight
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkTokyo MX, SUN, BS Fuji
Original run January 11, 2021 – present
Episodes7 (List of episodes)
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A sequel manga titled Ex-Arm EXA began in Grand Jump Mucha in August 2019.

An anime television series adaptation by Visual Flight premiered in January 2021.

PlotEdit

In 2014, Akira Natsume seems to almost have a phobia of electrical devices while also being very good at diagnosing them. He resolves to change himself for the better and get a girlfriend like his older brother did. But then, Akira suddenly dies in an accident. 16 years later a special policewoman and her android partner retrieve and activate a highly advanced AI and superweapon called EX-ARM and put it into full control of their ship as a last resort. Turns out the AI is actually just Akira's brain!

CharactersEdit

Akira Natsume (夏目 アキラ, Natsume Akira)
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō[3]
Minami Uezono (上園 美波, Uezono Minami)
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu[3]
Arma (アルマ, Aruma)
Voiced by: Akari Kitō[3]
Soushi Shiga (士牙 総司, Shiga Sōshi)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa[4]
Chikage Rokuoin (鹿王院 千景, Rokuōin Chikage)
Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka[4]
Alisa Himegami (アリサ 姫神, Arisa Himegami)
Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa[4]
Kimura (キムラ)
Voiced by: Taku Yashiro[4]
Kondō (近藤)
Voiced by: Shōmaru Zōza[4]
Shūichi Natsume (夏目 柊一, Natsume Shūichi)
Voiced by: Kōji Yusa[5]
Sōma (蒼真)
Voiced by: Yū Kobayashi[5]
Yggdrasil (ユグドラシル, Yugudorashiru)
Voiced by: Miyu Tomita[6]
Kaori Munakata (宗像 香織, Munakata Kaori)
Voiced by: Satomi Arai[6]
Elmira (エルミラ, Erumira)
Voiced by: Azumi Waki[7]
Throughhand (スルーハンド, Surūhando)
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda[7]

MediaEdit

MangaEdit

Ex-Arm is written by HiRock and illustrated by Shinya Komi. A first series, written and illustrated by Shinya Komi, titled Ex-Vita, was published in Shueisha's Miracle Jump from December 13, 2011 to April 30, 2013.[8][9] Shueisha collected is chapters into two tankōbon volumes, published on August 17, 2012 and June 19, 2013.[10][11] Ex-Arm was published in Shueisha's Grand Jump from February 18, 2015 to December 6, 2017.[12][13][14][15] The series was then transferred to the Shōnen Jump+ website and app, and ran from December 20, 2017 to June 26, 2019.[16][14] Shueisha collected its chapters into fourteen individual tankōbon volumes, released from June 19, 2015 to August 19, 2019.[17][18]

A sequel series titled Ex-Arm EXA began in Grand Jump Mucha on August 28, 2019.[14][19] The first collected tankōbon volume was released on December 18, 2020.[20]

A manga adaptation of the novel EX-ARM the Novel Deus Ex Machina, titled Ex-Arm Another Code, was serialized in Shueisha's Ultra Jump from February 19 to November 19, 2020.[21][22][23][24] The collected tankōbon volume was released on December 18, 2020.[25]

Volume listEdit

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 June 19, 2015[17]978-4-08-890215-9
2 September 18, 2015[26]978-4-08-890286-9
3 December 18, 2015[27]978-4-08-890335-4
4 April 19, 2016[28]978-4-08-890403-0
5 August 19, 2016[29]978-4-08-890472-6
6 November 18, 2016[30]978-4-08-890525-9
7 April 19, 2017[31]978-4-08-890619-5
8 July 19, 2017[32]978-4-08-890694-2
9 December 19, 2017[33]978-4-08-890770-3
10 April 19, 2018[34]978-4-08-891008-6
11 August 17, 2018[35]978-4-08-891139-7
12 December 19, 2018[36]978-4-08-891158-8
13 April 19, 2019[37]978-4-08-891213-4
14 August 19, 2019[18]978-4-08-891243-1

NovelEdit

A novel titled EX-ARM the Novel Deus Ex Machina, written by Atarō Kumo, was published by Shueisha under its Jump J-Books imprint on December 19, 2018.[38]

AnimeEdit

An anime television series adaptation was announced on the release of the manga's 12th volume on December 18, 2018.[39] The series is produced by Visual Flight and directed by Yoshikatsu Kimura, with Tommy Morton in charge of the scripts and Sō Kimura as composer.[40] The main staff of the series have no previous experience with working on anime.[41] Originally set for a July 2020 release,[42][43] the series premiered on January 11, 2021 on Tokyo MX, SUN, and BS Fuji due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[44][45][46][47] The opening theme is "Rise Again" performed by AIRFLIP, while the ending theme is "Diamonds Shine" performed by Dizzy Sunfist.[48][6]

No.Title [49][e]Directed by [f]Written by [f]Original air date [51]
1"Forbidden Weapon"
Transcription: "Kindan no Heiki" (Japanese: 禁断の兵器)
Shingo KinoshitaTommy MortonJanuary 11, 2021 (2021-01-11)
2"Day of Judgement"
Transcription: "Shinpan no Hi" (Japanese: 審判の日)
Shingo KinoshitaTommy MortonJanuary 18, 2021 (2021-01-18)
3"Angel of Murder"
Transcription: "Satsuriku no Tenshi" (Japanese: 殺戮の天使)
Shingo KinoshitaTommy MortonJanuary 25, 2021 (2021-01-25)
4"Inheritor of Courage"
Transcription: "Yūki Tsugu Mono" (Japanese: 勇気 継ぐ者)
Shingo KinoshitaTommy MortonFebruary 1, 2021 (2021-02-01)
5"Red-Hot Daydream!"
Transcription: "Tokimeki Deidorīmu!" (Japanese: ときめきデイドリーム!)
Shingo KinoshitaTommy MortonFebruary 8, 2021 (2021-02-08)
6"EX-ARM Auction"
Transcription: "Ekusu Āmu Ōkushon" (Japanese: EX-ARMオークション)
Shingo KinoshitaTommy MortonFebruary 15, 2021 (2021-02-15)
7"Banquet of Fire"
Transcription: "Honō no Butōkai" (Japanese: 炎の舞踏会)
Shingo KinoshitaNatsumi KemuyamaFebruary 22, 2021 (2021-02-22)
8"β ~Beta~"
Transcription: "β ~Bēta~" (Japanese: β ~ベータ~)
Shingo KinoshitaShintarō Shimoi
Tommy Morton
March 1, 2021 (2021-03-01)
9"Savior of “Destruction”"
Transcription: "“Horobi” no Kyūseishu" (Japanese: “滅び”の救世主)
Shingo KinoshitaTommy MortonMarch 8, 2021 (2021-03-08)

ReceptionEdit

The first trailer of the anime was instantly met with heavy online backlash due to the poor quality of the Computer-generated imagery (CGI) animation.[52][41] The anime has also been criticized as homophobic as the second episode censored a same-sex kiss, though the poor CGI may have been the reason.[53]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Unconfirmed romanization of 関谷博
  2. ^ Unconfirmed romanization of 鈴木嘉規
  3. ^ Unconfirmed romanization of 岡田秀信
  4. ^ The original Japanese title is in the Latin script. Officially, the katakana Ekusu Āmu (Japanese: エクスアーム) is added beside it as ruby text to correspond with Japanese phonology.
  5. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.[50]
  6. ^ a b Information is taken from the ending credits of each episode.

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